Program Overview

The online DNP degree program enables graduates to transform the health care delivery system and design new systems to improve the context in which health care is offered. Students learn to function from a strong evidence based foundation, effectively assessing health care policy, organizational effectiveness, and economic trends in health care to design new models for patient care services.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Requirements

    • A Master's degree in Nursing* in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) program is preferred.
    • Applicants who hold a non-nursing master's degree will be evaluated for admission on an individual basis. This process may entail review of a portfolio or other evaluative mechanisms, and may require completion of some master's level nursing course(s).
    • Certification as an advanced practice nurse (if applicable).
    • Where a legal certification is necessary to practice in an advanced role, as with nurse practitioners, the student must hold that certification. In other specialties where legal certification is not required for practice, such as forensic nurses, clinical specialists, and nurse executives, certification is not required.
    • If applicable, a letter validating the number of clinical hours completed in your Master's program.
    • GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
    • Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse Undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics (3 credits) with a grade of "B" or better. 
    • Successful phone interview with a DNP Admissions Committee member. 
    • Attendance is mandatory at the on-campus Doctoral Week in May.

    Restrictions

    Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

    Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    School Overview

    Duquesne University is a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic university and was founded in 1878 by a group of Catholic missionaries also known as the Spiritans. Today Duquesne is an educational and economic powerhouse comprising ten schools of study. Although Duquesne has experienced many changes, its original focus on educational excellence, moral and spiritual values, an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity and service to the Church, the community, the nation and the world has remained constant. Through these cornerstone vales, Duquesne University strives to provide a well-rounded education that will challenge students academically while nourishing their spiritual and ethical development.

    Duquesne strives to produce well rounded graduates and every undergraduate student in every school of study takes a series of core courses that emphasize intellectual and moral development through the study of the liberal arts. This core curriculum is designed to allow students to study a wide variety of subjects and ultimately graduate with the richest possible academic experience. Programs are offered through the ten schools at Duquesne University for degree completion at the baccalaureate, professional, masters and doctoral levels. In order to even further provide a well-rounded education, cross-disciplinary degree programs that integrate courses from more than one school are offered to the students. In addition to traditional in class learning, Duquesne also offers over 20 online programs. Online students take courses with the same objectives, workload and academic credit as on-campus courses. Online degree options include undergraduate degrees, master degrees, post-masters certificates programs and PhD programs in the areas of music, nursing, leadership and professional advancement and education.

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